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Single Review: ‘Labyrinth’ by A Blaze of Feather

I wasn’t familiar with Cornish band A Blaze of Feather until my interview with band member Mickey Smith, but I’m glad I’ve made this discovery. It’s refreshing. The new album LABYRINTH is strong as a whole, but for me the highlight is the titular track ‘Labyrinth’. This single is likely to be popular with a lot of fans of indie music. Smith’s vocals are unique – calming but with a sense of power. The guitar is catchy and works especially well with the chorus. The instrumentation as a whole is extremely effective. Continue reading Single Review: ‘Labyrinth’ by A Blaze of Feather

Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

Interviewing drummer Oli Khan from Sea Girls was like having a chat with a mate’s mate at a uni house party. We chatted in a small room with a low slanted ceiling, my phone sat on a stool to record the conversation. Oli went on to talk about feeling good, doing whatever makes you happiest continually, and making your way in the world with friends at your side: Continue reading Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

The three-piece band Mysterines opened for Sea Girls at Bristol venue, The Fleece. Even listening to them before the gig left me unprepared for their loud, fairly heavy style, a ride which warmed up the crowd on what seemed like the first cold day of the year.

When the main act came on to the stage of this sold-out venue, the expectation was palpable. Sea Girls’ singalong hits like ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ are massive enough to fill a stadium, with almost everyone following the remarkable vocal line which impressively hit every peak live as perfectly as in the track. This high standard is unsurprising, with their festival performances taking them to the acclaimed BBC Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds. The band still manage to retain an intimacy to their performance though, perhaps naturally so given that the group have been friends since school. The way they styled out their new pieces was particularly unique. I felt like I was singing along even when I didn’t know the words. These were songs I wanted to know, to shout while gripping the barriers in front of a smaller stage, or amongst a mob in an arena. Continue reading Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Review: Beast

A twisted tale, Beast is the debut feature from writer-director Michael Pearce starring Johnny Flynn and Jessie Buckley. Set in the picturesque Jersey, Beast follows Moll (Buckley) and her turbulent relationship with Pascal Renouf (Flynn). The duo’s relationship develops into a romantic one but soon local anxieties regarding the murders of young women encroach on their relationship when suspicions fall on Pascal. Moll is a … Continue reading Review: Beast

Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016

From almost the first note Palace bring a sense of vitality to the Exchange; every note full and clear as it rings out into the enthusiastic audience. Fresh from the November release of their debut album, So Long Forever, Palace are much of the way through their European and UK tour dates and show no sign of slowing down. Palace have quietly generated a significant … Continue reading Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016

Review: Doe, Pale Angels and Bangers at The Cavern

Kicking off the new term in Exeter’s best underground live music venue, The Cavern, were three killer indie rock bands; Doe, Pale Angels and Bangers. All three are signed to local record label, Specialist Subject Records, based on Gandy Street. This was the first night of their joint mini-tour which sees them play in Brighton, Sheffield, Swansea and Southampton before rounding it off with a … Continue reading Review: Doe, Pale Angels and Bangers at The Cavern

Album Review: Into It. Over It. – Intersections

Although an oft-repeated grumble, it is resoundingly true that today’s music industry is concerned above all with accessibility, artificiality passed off as ‘the real thing’, and safe bets. Major labels are undoubtedly the biggest criminals here, and even smaller independent labels are being forced into releasing artists that may lack substance but are guaranteed to keep the bank balance healthy. However, all is not lost; … Continue reading Album Review: Into It. Over It. – Intersections